Halkidiki & Kassandra
Visit the first peninsula of Halkidiki (Kassandra) starting from the Petralona Cave, the Potidea Canal, the ancient N. Fokea and the famous Afitos and Kallithea.
Kassandra peninsula, one of the three of the Halkidiki region, is the one closest to Thessaloniki. Several of the most beautiful beaches of Greece are located there, making Kassandra a tourist destination with high visitation.Crops and beautiful pine woods are blended in harmony with traditional villages and holiday resorts, surrounded by the blue sea of the northern Aegean sea. The peninsula is connected to the mainland by a bridge over the Canal of Potidea.
There are many interesting places to visit, with some standing out, as the Petralona Cave where a cranium of what seems to be a kind of Neanderthal was found fossilized in a stalactite, later dated around 800.000 B.C. and is considered, along with the fire residue findings and about a thousand stone and bone tools, one of the most important anthropological discoveries in Europe and the world. The cave itself is enormous filled with large stalactites and stalagmites and is still, after 30 years, undergoing mapping. You can enter, nevertheless, for a small tour and also visit the nearby museum full of these important findings.
Another place of visit worth mentioning is the traditional Village of Afitos, located by the sea with the most beautiful view of both peninsulas of Kassandra and Sithonia and the in between Toronaios golf. You can walk the stone paved streets and admire the traditional, almost archaic stone built houses and the two hundred year old churches.